I couldn’t help but notice the circular shape of the Spaceport America building concept. The ariel view looking down shows some cool abstract shapes that really speak to the new frontier in travel. The building is designed from the top down as much as from the inside out. Even the road sweeping curve carved into the earth reinforces the overall shape of the complex. I could imagine returning to earth and seeing that abstract circular shape hundreds of miles up. It got me to think about other circular shapes that may have been used as an influence for deciding to make the building round.
If we go back a little ways there’s the old Lucent Logo. Loved by some and hated by others – this symbol goes back to primitive times of mark making. It’s one of my favourite logos of all time.
With a bit of digging around I gathered a couple other meanings for circles: Ensō (円相) is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is perhaps the most common subject of Japanese calligraphy, symbolizing enlightenment, strength, elegance, the universe, and the void; it is also an “expression of the moment”. And: An ancient and universal symbol of unity, wholeness, infinity, the goddess, and female power. To earth-centered religions throughout history as well as to many contemporary pagans, it represents the feminine spirit or force, the cosmos or a spiritualized Mother Earth, and a sacred space.
But let’s take it a bit further – how about the common power button from a computer laptop. Again it’s a circle, but this time with a line inside it. It might be a stretch but I sort of see a similarity between that button and the building too.